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Office of Sustainability

Working to improve quality of life in Philadelphia by providing environmental, equity, economic, and health benefits for all.

Office of Sustainability

What we do

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future.

OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, which is made up of eight visions:

  • Accessible food and drinking water
  • Healthy outdoor and indoor air
  • Clean and efficient energy
  • Climate-prepared and carbon-neutral communities
  • Quality natural resources
  • Accessible, affordable, and safe transportation
  • Zero Waste
  • Engaged students, stewards, and workers

Connect

Address
One Parkway Building
1515 Arch St., 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email sustainability@phila.gov

Announcements

Provide Your Feedback for Philadelphia’s Urban Agriculture Plan

Philadelphia’s Urban Agriculture Plan: Growing from the Root aims to develop a comprehensive plan that uplifts Philadelphia’s rich history of urban farming and gardening, and clearly defines the resources, policies, processes, and programs necessary to sustain it for future generations. The planning team has released an interactive website where you can provide feedback on concepts and questions that will inform Growing from the Root’s recommendations. The website will remain live through Saturday, May 15, 2021. Go to the Philadelphia’s Urban Agriculture Plan website.

Provide Your Input on Business Diversification Options for PGW

Did you know that PGW is the largest municipally-owned gas utility in the country? And that the use of natural gas is responsible for almost 20% of Philadelphia’s carbon footprint? The Office of Sustainability is conducting a diversification study for PGW to explore what options exist for them to continue to provide services and retain their workforce in a low or no-carbon future. Please take this survey to share your thoughts about what you would like to see (don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the technologies mentioned in the survey). Complete the survey here. 

Philadelphia Forming its First Environmental Justice Advisory Commission

Earlier this year, Mayor Kenney announced the formation of the City’s first Environmental Justice Advisory Commission. The Commission will assemble individuals with lived experience of and personal interest in Philadelphia’s environmental issues. Commission members will work to identify where multiple impacts occur, as well as City policies or procedures that result in barriers to achieving environmental justice. The group will strive to amplify the concerns of frontline communities and will work with the City to co-develop plans to address disparities in exposure to environmental harm. Those interested in receiving updates on the Commission, including when recruitment opens, should fill out the Environmental Justice Advisory Commission interest form or email ejac@phila.gov.

Commerce Dept. Offering Plastic Bag Ban Info Sessions For Businesses

The Department of Commerce will be offering a series of virtual information sessions for business owners who are interested in learning more about how to comply with the requirements.

Register for one of three webinars, which will be offered on April 14, May 12, and June 16 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Each webinar will provide an overview of the plastic bag ban legislation and its requirements. Attendees will then have an opportunity to ask questions.

Register to attend one of the information sessions below:

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Events

  • Apr
    14
    Plastic Bag Ban Business Information Session
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Digital (Zoom)

    Plastic Bag Ban Business Information Session

    April 14, 2021
    10:30 am to 11:30 am, 1 hour
    Digital (Zoom)
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    The Department of Commerce will be offering a series of virtual information sessions for business owners who are interested in learning more about how to comply with the requirements.

    Register for one of three webinars, which will be offered on April 14, May 12, and June 16 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Each webinar will provide an overview of the plastic bag ban legislation and its requirements. Attendees will then have an opportunity to ask questions.

    Register to attend one of the information sessions below:

  • May
    12
    Plastic Bag Ban Business Information Session
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Digital (Zoom)

    Plastic Bag Ban Business Information Session

    May 12, 2021
    10:30 am to 11:30 am, 1 hour
    Digital (Zoom)
    map

    The Department of Commerce will be offering a series of virtual information sessions for business owners who are interested in learning more about how to comply with the requirements.

    Register for one of three webinars, which will be offered on April 14, May 12, and June 16 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Each webinar will provide an overview of the plastic bag ban legislation and its requirements. Attendees will then have an opportunity to ask questions.

    Register to attend one of the information sessions below:

  • May
    17
    Mural Arts Philadelphia Arts + Environmental Justice Symposium
    12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Online Event

    Mural Arts Philadelphia Arts + Environmental Justice Symposium

    May 17, 2021
    12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 4 days
    Online Event
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    This annual Mural Arts Philadelphia symposium invites artists, activists, scientists, scholars and governmental officials to engage in discussion and collective imagination at the intersection of environmental justice and participatory public art during a global pandemic. These changemakers will be logging in from Tribal, urban, rural, and suburban communities throughout the nation for this virtual symposium during the week of May 17-21, 2021, during 12:00-5:00 PM EST. Mark your calendars and sign up to make sure to get updates and the full agenda. 

    Register here. 


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